Why Use Visual Aids?

Aug 26, 2015 by Steve Rick in  Event Tips

Ditch the long paragraphs and even the bullet points – use images instead. How many times have you sat in on a presentation only to be bored to tears? Let’s face it, we’d rather look at pictures than stare at a screen full of text and that is why you need to use visual aids during your next presentation.

One of the most important things to do before planning an event or presentation is to come up with goals. Why are you putting on this presentation in the first place? Once you establish clear goals, you want to accomplish them right?  Research shows that you are twice as likely to accomplish your goals by using visual aids.

According to Professor Albert Mehrabian, 55% of the information we take in is visual while only 7% is text. Believe it or not, we are 50% more likely to retain a visual message after 3 days compared to bullet points where we only remember about 10% of the message portrayed.

Remember the old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” – the same idea holds true for presentations. Keep that in mind the next time you are preparing slides.

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PowerPoint Presentation Tips

Aug 11, 2015

When it comes to PowerPoint presentations a little bit of preparation goes a long way. After all, who wants to sit through another boring slideshow? Want to learn how to add a little pep to your presentation? See below for a few tips:

  1. One Step At A Time: in order to keep your audience focused on what you are saying, it’s a bad idea to display multiple bullet points at once. If you put up the entire slide at the beginning, they will likely read the entire thing before you hit on each point. Stick to showing one topic or focal point and move on to the next only once you have finished the previous thought.
  2. Keep It Short And Sweet: stay away from paragraphs. Big chunks of text will cause your audience to lose attention and become bored. The slides are there to highlight important points, not to display your entire presentation.
  3. Ask Questions: provoke some thought, arouse interest and keep the people engaged. There’s no better way to do this than by asking questions. Give them a short quiz to test their knowledge.

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How To Record High-Quality Audio

Oct 06, 2015

Tired of poor sound quality? When it comes to producing audio over the internet, if you’re not using the right equipment your audience may have trouble hearing you. So how can you fix this problem? Find out below.

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It starts with having the right microphone. You may not think it makes a big difference, but remember the old saying “you get what you pay for?” This is definitely the case when it comes to choosing a mic. While you might be able to get away with using an inexpensive microphone, if you compare that recording to one where a better microphone was used, you’ll be able to notice the difference.

There are two main types of microphones used for recording: omnidirectional and unidirectional. The former records sound from all directions while the latter only picks up the sound from one direction. If you want a mic that doesn’t pick up ambient noise, a unidirectional mic is your best bet.

That leads us into controlling your environment. When recording audio, you’ll want to reduce the noise around you as much as possible. While it’s very difficult to achieve complete silence, you can turn off all other machines in the room and try to keep the microphone away from any noise producers. Keep this information handy the next time you are setting up for a webcast.

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How To Make A Business Presentation Stand Out

May 15, 2015

If you’re not the artistic type, coming up with visual aids for your business presentation can be a nightmare. But there’s a wide range of “good” visuals, from simple posters to complex videos, that can help make your presentation stand out. After all, nobody wants to sit there and hear you speak for hours with nothing to else to look at, right?

A simple speech is a great way to deliver a message, but it won’t necessary make it stand out. Presenting information with visuals can enhance any presentation and help to keep the audience’s attention. Some of the most effective ways to incorporate visual aids include PowerPoints, flip charts and posters.

PowerPoints

With hundreds of offerings including font, audio and images this is a great way to put together some visuals in an organized manner. There are however, a few things you should remember when creating a PowerPoint:

  • Just because there are hundreds of fonts, doesn’t mean you should use them all. Throwing in too many whacky ones can throw off the audience, so keep it consistent.
  • Choose font colors and backgrounds carefully. Colors like red and green can be difficult to see.
  • Don’t put too much information on the slides. Highlight 5 points at maximum and elaborate on them.

Flip Charts

Having a meeting that involves brainstorming ideas? Flip charts are the perfect way to organize your co-workers’ thoughts. Make sure to use a dark marker and write big enough so somebody thats 8 feet away will have no problem reading your notes.

Posters

Believe it or not, something as simple as a poster can help the audience remember a key point. You can keep it simple by adding a few graphics and some text or go all out and have it professionally printed and laminated. Just stay away from posters that are too busy and stick with something that catches the eye.

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